veterans

A major Veterans Affairs reform has passed the Senate by 92-5 and is on its way to the White House. The $55 billion bill will change how the VA pays for private care, expand a VA caregiver program and start a review of the VA's aging infrastructure. President Trump has said he will sign it — and it's sure to be touted among his biggest legislative achievements.

John Seewer / Associated Press

Like so many American soldiers returning home from World War II, Bob Barger started working a new job and going to college. Once he settled into his career and raising a family, finishing school was no longer a priority.

Sherrod Brown

Sen. Sherrod Brown says the Trump administration cost the Veterans Affairs and veterans valuable time through the firing of former VA Secretary David Shulkin and botched attempt to name his replacement, Dr. Ronny Jackson.  

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Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Trump's embattled nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn from consideration for the post amid allegations he had fostered a hostile work environment and behaved improperly while serving as the top doctor leading the White House medical unit.

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Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Trump's pick to lead the Veterans Affairs Department, has been accused of creating a hostile work environment, drinking while on duty and improperly prescribing drugs to staff during his time as White House doctor to two administrations, according to Montana Sen. Jon Tester.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

Sen. Sherrod Brown says he hasn’t decided whether he will vote to confirm President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The Ohio Democrat sits on the Senate VA committee, which could hold hearings on Dr. Ronny Jackson’s nomination as early as next week.

Shuffle: Project D.R.E.W. Helps Veterans Heal Through Song

Feb 1, 2018

Editor's note: This is an encore of a Shuffle that originally ran Feb. 1.

Music is being used as a healing tool for some Northeast Ohio veterans. For this week’s Shuffle, we hear about a new project that pairs songwriters with soldiers.

On a recent Sunday afternoon in Avon Lake, a handful of veterans and their families gathered for a concert -- just for them.

Seth Herald / WOSU

President Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order that would extend mental health care to military service members transitioning out of the Armed Forces and back to civilian life.

Ron Fleming is 74 now, but he's spent most of his life trying to recapture what life felt like when he was 21, fighting in Vietnam.


Esther Honig, WOSU News

While trying to choke back tears, former Army Sergeant James Powers recalled a tough transition from the military to civilian life.

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